Funding shortfall in Haiti. Not again?

A camp for internally displaced persons in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. Humanitarian organizations working in Haiti are again facing a funding problem. Victoria Hazou / UN

Humanitarian organizations working in Haiti are again facing a funding problem, the United Nations and the government of Haiti say.

In 2011, the humanitarian community received only 55 percent of its $382 million appeal for Haiti, forcing organizations to scale back their operations in the country. This year, the same thing could happen again — pushing the poor country further away from its path to recovery. At present, the humanitarian organizations’ 2012 request of $230 million has only been 8.5 percent funded.

Funding is critical for organizations to continue their operations in the Caribbean nation, especially with the hurricane season fast approaching. The country is still reeling from the devastation brought on by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in 2010 and the cholera epidemic that claimed the lives of 7,000 Haitians since October 2010.

The U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund has already decided to provide $8 million to its partners in the country, but this will not be enough to address the humanitarian challenges in Haiti throughout the year. From April to June alone, relief agencies say they would be needing $52.9 million for urgent humanitarian work in the country.

The requested funds will be used to assist Haitians moving out of camps and to protect those exposed to several forms of violence, such as sexual abuse. It will also be used to improve access to clean water and sanitation, as well as to provide transitional shelters to those who lost their homes in the 2010 quake.

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About the author

  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.